27 January 2011

S'mores Nut Bars

My favorite part of summer barbeque and camping is the S'mores after the meal!  This recipe looked good, but I wasn't sure I could adulterate a S'more with peanuts.  Surprisingly, the salty crunch added by the peanuts were delicious.  There is no longer a need to wait until the summer season for this rich treat.  The original recipe called for 10 quartered marshmallows, I had a full bag of mini marshmallows in the cupboard and thought they worked quite well.

S’more Nut Bars

Yield: 24 bars
Prep Time: 30 minutes | Bake Time: 15 minutes | Chill Time: 3 hours

2¼ cups graham cracker crumbs
1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
2/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
7½ ounces milk chocolate, coarsely chopped
7½ ounces dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
1½ teaspoons light corn syrup
1 cup heavy cream
3 cups mini marshmallows
½ cup lightly salted whole peanuts
½ cup chopped lightly salted peanuts

1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Butter the sides and bottom of a 9×13-inch baking pan or spray it with nonstick cooking spray.
2. In a large bowl, stir together the graham cracker crumbs and brown sugar. Add the butter. Combine the mixture, then turn it out into the prepared pan. Press the crust into an even layer along the bottom and up the sides of the pan. Use the bottom of a measuring cup to create a perfectly even crust.
3. Bake the crust for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown. Remove the pan from the oven and place on a cooling rack.
4. In a large heatproof bowl, toss the chocolates together. Drizzle the corn syrup over the chocolate and set aside.
5. In a medium saucepan, bring the cream just to a boil. Remove from the heat and pour the cream over the chocolate mixture. Let stand for 2 to 3 minutes. Starting in the center of the bowl and working your way out to the edges, whisk the chocolate mixture in a circle  until completely smooth. Fold in the marshmallows and the whole peanuts. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and use an offset spatula to spread it as evenly as possible. Sprinkle the top with the chopped peanuts.
6. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours, or until set. Cut into squares and serve. The bars will keep in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 3 days.

Adapted from  Brown Eyed  Baker

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